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UH basketball game to be on TV only if enough tickets are sold

By Ferd Lewis & Dave Reardon

LAST UPDATED: 04:57 p.m. HST, Mar 18, 2013

The University of Hawaii's Collegeinsider.com Tournament basketball game against Air Force Wednesday night will not be shown on local TV unless ticket sales hit 6,500, athletic director Ben Jay said today.

Jay said UH is in discussions with Oceanic Time Warner Cable about carrying the game if ticket sales hit 6,500, which is the estimated break even point.

"We're not going to televise this until ticket sales hit 6,500," Jay told the Star-Advertiser this morning.

Jay said the decision to underwrite one or two home games for UH after its first-round loss in the Big West Tournament was based upon the players.

"I think they would like the opportunity to play another game," Jay said.

Speaking later at the Honolulu Quarterback Club, Jay added, "It really came down to our student athletes, to give them the experience of playing in the postseason

"After watching that game last week in Anaheim (UH's loss to UC Irvine in the Big West Tournament) I knew that's not the way our kids wanted to end the season. This gives them a chance for redemption."

The financial goal is to at least break even, Jay said.

Jay said he would have to let Oceanic known by Wednesday morning if they will be allowed to broadcast the game.

Hawaii hosts Air Force at the Stan Sheriff Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the first round. Air Force (17-13) will be playing without the Mountain West's leading scorer, Michael Lyons (17.7) who tore a medial meniscus in his right knee in the conference tournament.  

Tickets sales to season ticket holders began Sunday night and the public sale begins today at 5:00 p.m. (online only) and at 9:00 a.m. at the box office Tuesday morning.

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gsc wrote:
I'm tired of watching them lose ....
on March 18,2013 | 12:23PM
1local wrote:
don't expect to see any games in the future
on March 18,2013 | 03:34PM
foursun wrote:
agree this "tournament" is such a minor league farce
on March 18,2013 | 06:51PM
1local wrote:
should be the same for all UH sports. If no one attends the game why watch it on TV - free up the air time for other programming. Even students aren't supporting and they can go for free...
on March 18,2013 | 03:35PM
64hoo wrote:
you don't know yet, if they go for free, that they won't show up. wait till game time before you make any stupid comments.
on March 18,2013 | 05:12PM
1local wrote:
stupid is - stupid you
on March 18,2013 | 06:18PM
foursun wrote:
barf this tournament that UH had to buy it's way into is a farce made up of d2 quality teams
on March 18,2013 | 06:53PM
64hoo wrote:
air force is not division 2 there division 1 so I would barf on your comment allie or allie clone.
on March 18,2013 | 06:57PM
foursun wrote:
doesn't make them any less of a loser does it...giggle
on March 18,2013 | 07:43PM
foursun wrote:
64hoo is so funny because he likes to watch losers lose...giggle
on March 18,2013 | 07:52PM
foursun wrote:
did they win their conference? or place 2nd? did they get an invitation from a post season tournament where they didn't have to pay to get in?...loser
on March 18,2013 | 07:51PM
64hoo wrote:
good don't watch them we don't need people like you and, 1 local and morimoto. you are just fair weather fans or don't support them don't want to hear from you guys saying I support them because if you say that your nothing but phonys
on March 18,2013 | 05:04PM
1local wrote:
UH needs people like you to support their no ROI overpaid staff...
on March 18,2013 | 06:19PM
foursun wrote:
on March 18,2013 | 07:49PM
foursun wrote:
64hoo just enjoys watching UH play other minor league scrub teams and still get beat just like they have all season
on March 18,2013 | 06:55PM
Morimoto wrote:
Based on the premise that the postseason supposed to be a reward for a successful regular season, I don't think UH deserves any postseason play. I am however happy for the players. It's their blood, sweat and tears that make this team what it is. I just hope UH doesn't use this tournament to argue that Arnold is doing a good job and has had a successful season. This tournament was basically given to UH by Riley Wallace, not earned. Good luck against Air Force.
on March 18,2013 | 12:23PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Nice try but you can't separate the team from the players and the team is from UH.
on March 18,2013 | 12:36PM
Morimoto wrote:
So you think they deserve to go to the postseason based on the rationale that the postseason is supposed to be a reward for good regular season play? You have to admit it devalues the traditional meaning of postseason play right?
on March 18,2013 | 01:42PM
64hoo wrote:
no it dos'nt your comment devalues you it.show's how thin minded you are
on March 18,2013 | 05:09PM
1local wrote:
look in the mirror before you insult others...
on March 18,2013 | 06:20PM
64hoo wrote:
I did and I am right on not like a bunch of you phonies.
on March 18,2013 | 06:38PM
foursun wrote:
you just like losers like UH who had to buy into a tournament of losers...giggle
on March 18,2013 | 06:57PM
foursun wrote:
no he's just not dumb enough to be taken in by Gibbys farce
on March 18,2013 | 06:56PM
64hoo wrote:
no giggle on you this tournament is to help teams that got snubbed by the ncaa or nit selection committee it helps them continue on playing, riley understands about getting snubbed like he did a few years ago when uh had a 23-8 record with alike smith and a.c. carter they won the classic tournament with wins over bob knights Indiana team Kansas and another top name school to win the tournament and uh got snubbed from being picked by the ncca tournament when they had a good rpi rating so that's why this tournament is also for winners. of course being a phoney you would not know that.
on March 18,2013 | 07:29PM
foursun wrote:
teams get snubbed by the NCAA and NIT because they're minor league and don't belong in post season play. That's why loser Gibby had to have UH buy their way into a joke of a tournament...giggle
on March 18,2013 | 07:45PM
foursun wrote:
your comment shows that you like watching UH lose games. The only way UH can get into a post season tournament is by buying their way in...so sad
on March 18,2013 | 07:47PM
kauaiguy wrote:
Post season play is GREAT for recruiting and there are a bunch of great guys on the team, I will be there to support them!!!
on March 18,2013 | 12:32PM
Anonymous wrote:
Air Force justt beat New Mexico
on March 18,2013 | 12:42PM
Anonymous wrote:
Air Force just upset New Mexico...watch out.
on March 18,2013 | 12:47PM
64hoo wrote:
also san diego state, 2 teams also in the ncaa along with the other 3 from the MWC.
on March 18,2013 | 06:13PM
chryw8 wrote:
how does this impact gib's current contract? bonuses? automatic extension? he better send riley a thank you note.
on March 18,2013 | 02:32PM
LizKauai wrote:
I miss the K5 Home Team broadcasts. Neighbor Island people without Oceanic service are totally deprived of UH sports.
on March 18,2013 | 02:37PM
foursun wrote:
K5 got smart, they got tired of supporting a loser like Gibby
on March 18,2013 | 07:00PM
BonDancr wrote:
I'll be there to cheer on my team!!!
on March 18,2013 | 03:27PM
foursun wrote:
must like watching losers playing losers
on March 18,2013 | 06:59PM
808comp wrote:
Wahine's got an at large bid to the WNIT. GO BOWS !!!
on March 18,2013 | 04:29PM
foursun wrote:
got there with a weak schedule...giggle
on March 18,2013 | 06:59PM
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